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TFL unveils card pay plan for cabbies in Uber battle

All black-cabs could soon take card payments in a new initiative by Transport for London to help the capital's taxi drivers compete with cashless rivals Uber.

Plans to help London taxi drivers in their battle to compete with rival car-booking company Uber have been revealed by TFL Credit: PA

There is currently no requirement for taxis to accept card payments, and only around half of drivers do, despite 83% of passengers preferring the option to be able to pay by card, according to a recent survey.

TFL said it will hold a consultation with drivers and passengers, but stressed there is no intention to stop taxis accepting cash as a payment option.

Card payments have become a central part of the lives of Londoners over the past few years - something that has only increased since the introduction of contactless payment.

– TfL's taxi and private hire general manager Helen Chapman

The announcement comes just a day after the release of film capturing a bicycling London Mayor Boris Johnson in a four-letter tirade with a black-cab driver.

A new app will let you order taxi through your beer mat

A London tech firm is working with taxi giant Uber to create digital beer mats that will let you order a taxi without leaving your seat. Tamoco are usuing 'proximity technology' that allows messages to be sent to mobiles via beacons. Tapping your phone on your beer mat to open the Uber app. The company now has digital beer mats in more than 100 pubs and bars across London.

"Devices which use near-field communication technology are growing in popularity across bars and shops. It's fun for consumers and interesting for brands as people can interact with things in a natural way, without having to do anything out of the ordinary. "The ability to get instant messages with vouchers is a neat way to engage people and there's obviously an important safety aspect of swaying people away from driving home after a night at the pub."

– Sam Amrani, founder of Tamoco

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